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Strathcona Park Lodge is a self contained community of more than 20 buildings, 50 or more staff…

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COLT Registration Update

We accept a maximum of 2 groups of 10 per semester. We guarantee to run at least 1 group per semester but the second group will only run once it has met a minimum amount of participants. To ensure your spot or to inquire about the most recent enrollment…


RENDEZVOUS CANADA –1985 A story by David Boulding Flash Back Friday

  Some 25 years ago, maybe longer, Jim and Myrna were invited to the second year of Rendezvous Canada. This is a federally funded high profile project that connects the best international buyers and sellers of quality tourism products from around the world to the finest Canadian tourist operators.…


PATRICK FULLER- Flash Back Fridays

Jim had electric lines, water lines, septic pipes and propane all in the same trenches. One day Patrick came upon an outdoor electric socket with water pouring out of the plug. He found out that a join in a nearby water line had separated. Because the electric line had…


Hilary Stewart (1924-2014) – Flash Back Fridays

It is with sadness we must note the passing on June 5 of the renowned BC artist and author Hilary Stewart, author of more than ten titles including Cedar: Tree of Life of the North West Coast Indians and the perennial bestseller Looking at Totem Poles. Long a resident…


“Wilderness in jeopardy: see it before it’s gone” – Flash Back Fridays

By Myrna Boulding, the Campbell River Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1986 The former minister of Lands, Parks and Housing, Jack Kempf, spoke to the Gold River Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 16, not on Strathcona Park as he was originally scheduled to do but on forestry, his new portfolio.…


TIM RIPPEL 1983 – Flash Back Fridays! (#FBF)

I was accepted in the 4 month Guide program at Strathcona Park Lodge in March of 1983. After the course I was hired and worked six seasons instructing and guiding school groups, and led the COLT -Land based program teaching survival,search and rescue, climbing and mountaineering courses. My first…


PARK USE PERMITS FOR TRIPS 1983 – Flash Back Fridays! (#FBF)

Vancouver Island, Canada Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre P.O. Box 2160, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada V9W 5C9 August 30, 1983 Province of British Columbia Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division Victoria, B.C. Attention: Mr. K.W. Baker Manager, Operations Section Dear Sirs:…


JANET BRENCHLEY-KRUG summer of 1982 – Flash Back Fridays (#FBF)

Janet was 21-years-old when she worked at the Lodge for four months in 1982. Following in her footsteps, her brother, Derrick Brenchley, came to work for the Lodge two years later. I was an instructor/leader with school groups in May and June. During the summer, I led Adventure Camps,…


TERESA STRUKOFF 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

Teresa lived at the Lodge off and on over a period of eighteen years beginning in 1983. Her first visit was to a folk weekend in 1982. She came with her friend and former Simon Fraser roommate Danusia Kanachowski. She came back to the Lodge and helped to look…


Youth Potential: an interview with Jim Boulding 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

“The great potential of this country is our young people. There is a real need to have trained staff in these fields to staff other programs. We don’t mind that they go elsewhere. There’s enough here (in Canada) for everyone. Tourism programs can provide needed rural employment and development…


LODGE AS SEEN BY A CANADIAN ‘TRAVEL’ ARTICLE 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

Strathcona Lodge is Canadian in outlook What you see is what you get. Jim Boulding in the city is the Jim Boulding you’ll meet in the wilds of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Granted, there may be a necktie in the city, but somehow you know it’s just a…


KRISTIN FINKBINER 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

My first visit to Strathcona Park Lodge was in August 1982, when I was 16. My cousin Brad Mielke was working at the Lodge as a chef for the summer. I returned as a volunteer in 1989 when I was 23. I stayed from Aug 1989 through January 1990. My…


YVONNE WILLIAMS 1981 – Flash Back Fridays

In September of 1981, after eight months of going through a miserable divorce and down to 99 pounds (boy is that a long time ago) I drove from Calgary to the Lodge. I think I realized that a little time there would help me to get my equilibrium back.…


NOOTKA’S HOT SPRINGS – Flash Back Fridays

The strongest hikers were in front, pushing a tunnel through a three-metre- high jungle of salal. One by one, they plunged into the bush and disappeared. From above, on a granite bluff, it looked as if the salal was being shaken by a monstrous snake. We were plodding across…


Dave King lost with kids on mountain – Flash Back Fridays

One of my favourite stories from Strathcona involved a hike on Elk Mountain which was located across the lake from the Lodge. It was before the mountain was so dramatically clear cut. The original Elk Mountain was beautiful. Trees like what you would expect to see in Cathedral Grove;…


Don’t Eat the Syrup! – Flash Back Fridays

Many years ago, I was having an early breakfast as usual. That week we had a group of Elderhostel attending courses at the Lodge. When I came to my table that morning with my pancakes and got a whiff of the syrup, I realized that it was not maple…


“THE START OF A LEGEND… JIM BOULDING 1932-1986” – Flash Back Fridays

By Miriam Trevis, Nootka News, May 21, 1986 A Strathcona brochure to our house did stray With a beckoning message to come away To the wild and windy Nootka shores And leave behind life’s daily chores Decision was made and with a very stout heart We stuffed our backpacks…


TIM FAIRBANK summer of 1985 – Flash Back Fridays

I first heard of Strathcona when I was in grade 10 at Shawnigan Lake School. One of the Outdoors club teachers, Rick Reeve, had attended a program the previous summer and gave us a slide show. In 1980, my summer between grades 11 and 12, a friend and I…


WOMEN PADDLE TO NAT’L TITLES – Flash Back Fridays

By Tom Unger, the Campbell River Courier, Friday, July 29, 1983 Two members of the staff at Strathcona Park Lodge won gold medals in the women’s events at the Canadian White-water Kayaking Championships held July 13- 17 in Alberta. Anne Boulding of Campbell River beat out about 11 other…


ANDY VINE and DANIELLE ARCAND 1972 – Flash Back Fridays

Andy Vine was a singer, guitar player, and a carpenter who worked at the Lodge in 1972. In February 1973 he followed his future wife Danielle into the liquor store in Campbell River after catching a glimpse of her. This was not the first time that Danielle connected with…


‘ARTS I’ FEATURES FEELIES – Flash Back Fridays

By Ryon Guedes (In October 20, 1972 edition of the Ubyssey) Sixty ‘Arts I’ students recently attended a weekend symposium at Strathcona Park Lodge to make an informal study of man’s relationship with technology and nature. Section B boarded a bus Friday which took them across the Strait of…


KATE AND KEN BLOOMFIELD 1974 – Flash Back Fridays

Ken was an amazing carver; he taught carving and sculpture on several occasions at the Lodge. He died eight or nine years ago but for all of his life continued to uncover the figures in the wood that he insisted had been there all along. Ken has left a…


FRANCES WITT mid-70s – Flash Back Fridays

Frances has been one of my very best friends since the early 60s and has helped by working in the garden and carrying out various other volunteer projects over the years.


AGE WAS NO PROBLEM, PENSIONERS CATCH ‘EM – Flash Back Fridays

Campbell River Upper Islander, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1974 Pensioners and retirees comprising a cumuative total of over 1500 years of fishing experience converged on Strathcona Park Lodge Outdoor Education Centre Friday for a weekend of fishing.  


UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (UBC) 1953 – Flash Back Fridays

When I was 18 and in my second year at university, my future husband picked me out of a meal lineup at UBC. I was taking an accounting course to prepare myself to go into Commerce. There were a total of 152 girls staying at the women’s dormitories that…